Bethel, Vermont, USA - 1849 Bethel
Windsor Co. Bethel is watered by branches of White River, and possesses good mill sites. Soap stone is found here in great quantities and of good quality ; much of it is sawed and transported. Garnet in small, but perfect crystals, is also common. The surface of Bethel is broken and mountainous, but the soil is warm and good for grazing. Considerable business is done at both villages. East and West; the latter is the largest.
Boundaries. North by Randolph, east by Royalton, south by Stockbridge, and a small part of Barnard, and west by Rochester.
First Settlers. This township was chartered to John Payne, John House, Dudley Chase, and others, Dec. 23, 1779, containing thirty-six square miles. The first township chartered by the government. The settlement of this town commenced in the fall of 1779, by Benjamin Smith.
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